The flight will be operated three times weekly by a Boeing 777-200LR with 8 first class, 40 business class, and 189 economy seats.
It’s too early to tell what award availability on this flight will be like but in general I find that Eithad’s availability is excellent, especially early on as they tend to load premium cabin award space when the schedules open.
Especially interesting is that — with Qatar having joined oneworld and launching Dallas service — the move would seem to suggest that Etihad believes their relationship with American Airlines can continue. To make this flight work they’ll most certainly need feed from American.
Etihad First Class Cabin – Suites
Etihad Business Class
American AAdvantage miles are great given the quality of Etihad’s product and the ease of redeeming their seats on most routes – they’re a great way to not just the Middle East but also to India and surrounding countries. Unfortunately American will not let you redeem awards between the US and Africa or Asia via the Middle East as a single award (and since Etihad is not a member of oneworld you cannot include their flights as part of a distance-based oneworld award like you now can with Qatar).
Etihad also flies to New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles (coming June), Chicago (2-cabin), and Toronto (2-cabin).